Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 65 Friday

Isaiah chapter 54

Does God issue any commands?

  • The barren woman is to sing because her children could be more in number than the woman who has given birth. (This is a spiritual reference. The woman who wins souls gives birth spiritually.) This woman should enlarge her house to make room for the number of children God will give her. (I am thinking now of those I know who run Christian orphanages and homes, including in other countries, for those in distress.)

Does God make any promises?

  • The physically barren will not be ashamed because her Maker is her husband, the LORD of hosts, her Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of the whole earth and He will give her issue.
  • Just as God promised Noah that the world would never be destroyed by water again so has He promised Israel that He will never totally forsake them even in His anger. The covenant still stands!
  • God promised beauty and peace to Jerusalem. No weapon formed against her shall prosper.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the Husband, the Maker, the LORD of hosts, the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God if the whole earth.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The person who leads souls to the Lord is counted as having children that he or she will spend time with in eternity. Jesus told His disciples that those who left home and families for the sake of the ministry would have large families in the hereafter. As a matter of fact, He said that those who do His will are His mother, brothers, sisters also. 
  • The spiritual offspring of Israel will inherit even the land of the Gentiles. (All who inhabit the New Earth will spiritually be Israelites. See Romans 2:29)
  • As Husband, Jesus will reveal to all, including the barren men and women, any spiritual children that they have birthed.
  • The mountains will depart and the hills will be removed but God's kindness toward Israel and those who are spiritually of Israel will never depart.
  • The city of Jerusalem, afflicted on this earth, will be richly adorned. (verses 11-17) See Revelation 21:9-27

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